Two days in the region Marche Italy
Our two days in Marche Italy were like a whirlwind of emotions. A jumble of languages. A hurricane of impressions and a culinary quick course in what the Marche region has to offer. Above all, they were one thing: an introduction to the sweet life of Italy, the Riviera del Conero and the Marche region. Imagine meeting a group of people who have never met. They want to show you their city and its surroundings. They want to explain to you how the people live there. We spend two days in the Marche region and experience exactly that. Only that strangers became friends very quickly. As warm as on this blogger trip, we have not been received anywhere. Here are our tips for two days in the region of Marche Italy.
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Ancona, the capital of the Marche region Italy
Most likely Ancona is known as a ferry and cruise port. The same happened to me. Years ago, I was briefly in town for a stopover on my way to Greece. I had not seen anything of the city at the time. How much we missed out turned out during our stay. These two days in the region of Marche Italy show us the place from a completely different side. Ancona is a city with a lot of history: Remains of the Roman city walls still surround the old town today. Imposing is the Trajan's Arch, which 115 was built by Appolodor of Damascus.
Churches and palazzos
Impressive are the churches with their robust exterior like the church of Santa Maria della Piazza. But also the Palazzos and magnificent buildings in the center of the city overwhelm. Ancona's location by the sea and its harbor made the city always a place of trade and encounter with other cultures. At the same time Ancona was protectorate of the pope for a long time. Therefore, money flowed from Rome to the port city on the elbow of Italy. The piazzas and magnificent buildings testify to this today. On cobbled streets we stroll through the city on the day of our arrival and are impressed by their cityscape.
Dolce Vita in the region of Marche Italy
In one of the piazzas we get to know the Dolce Vita of the Marche region. The Piazza del Plebiscito is surrounded by trattorias, which are lively in the late hours. We end our tour of the city in one of them with a glass of Varnelli or Amado Sibill. It is a kind of herbal liqueur that is produced in the region. Bread is included peperonata. A nice end to the first of our days in the Marche region of Italy.
The Riviera del Conero and the small towns of Sirolo and Numana
The Riviera del Conero extends from Ancona south with the Monte Conero as the center of the region. Unlike in the Region around Cesenatico the coast drops steeply into the sea. Again and again coves nestle below the steep slopes to the coast. Some of them are within walking distance, others only by boat. We are there in winter and a strong wind blows from the sea, driving waves and rain clouds. The sea is rough and looks. Almost as if she's cooking. Perfect to blow the stuff of everyday life out of our brains. This is a country and a weather, as I like it.
Winter in Sirolo in Marche Italy
We are told that in summer numerous beaches remain natural. Only a few beaches are served in the summer with sun loungers and parasols. South of Sirolo we drive on the coast road to Porto Recanati. The wind whips the sea up to wave crests, which drive the sea water up to the beach. Sara shows us her home. She says she does not want to live anywhere else. At the same time, she tells us that the beach turns into kite beach in summer. The winds are strong even during the summer months, allowing them to ride with kites.
Sirolo and Numana
Worth seeing are the two small towns Sirolo and Numana. These two places are so close together that you do not know in which of the two you are currently. Only the area code separates them. Worth seeing are both of you. Photo friends like us can not get enough of the many motives that come with us. In this house there are windows surrounded by stone garlands. In that house, autumn flowers adorn the façade in terracotta flowerpots and give it a slightly morbid air. On some fronts of houses I discover enamel tiles depicting the name of the inhabitants or any saint in relief. On a balcony sits a black dog next to a flower pot - made of plastic, as it turns out. But the cat, who has found shelter from the wind a few meters down the stairs, is all the more lively and brushes her paws extensively.
The Basilica of Loreto and the Holy House
Especially if you do not expect it, the surprise is greatest. In the Basilica of Loreto I had no expectations. I had no idea before our visit that this is one of the most important church buildings in Italy, next to St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. As churches are of interest to me mainly because of their architecture, I had no idea that the residential house of Mary is inside. And I had no idea how glorious the shrine and church is that surrounds the inconspicuous Holy House in the center of the basilica.
Even before we enter the church, the Treasury or Pomerancio Halle takes my breath away. The ceiling frescoes were created by Cristoforo Roncalli, called Pomerancio. Ten ceiling pictures depict the life of Mary. In the showcases below you can see the votive offerings of the faithful, some of whom make me smile. What might have succeeded the bus driver who left a model of his bus as a votive offering?
The church interior
The interior of the church is an orgy of Renaissance elements, of color fireworks in chapel domes, which keep directing my gaze upwards. We see marble statues that appear almost human in their Renaissance beauty. Pope Julius II sent Donato Bramante to Loreto in 1507 to do “big things” there. He accomplished his papal task with flying colors. There are few churches that have impressed us as much as the Basilica of Loreto.
The mysterious caves of Camerano in Marche Italy
It gets mysterious in Camerano. There we visit the "city under the city". It is a series of caves and rooms located up to thirty meters below the city center. For a long time they were said to have only been known to the nobility of the city, who - perhaps - kept their treasures in them. You still don't know what they are for grottoes whether they served as a haven for attacks or as a storehouse for the possessions of city leaders. The cross vaults, niches and pillars in many of the caves are more indicative of a religious and mystical context.
In a grotto one believes to recognize a meeting place of the Freemasons, in which new members took their oath and had to endure the admission ceremony. In another one is pretty sure she served as a wine storehouse of the Corraducci family. The lowest cave served as a cistern for emergencies. The water penetrates naturally through the porous rock. Thus, even under siege, the city had enough water for all the inhabitants of the city. Here ends the first of our days in the Marche region after great experiences.
What you need for this journey through Italy
- Light hiking boots Do good work in this region, because you will be walking a lot.
- A rucksack is convenient for short hikes and walks in the city. In it you can accommodate everything you need for the day.
- It's best to pack your clothes in one Trolley with wheelsbecause you will need several hotels on this route. Changing the hotel with a trolley is easier than dealing with a suitcase that you have to carry.
- A sun hat You should not forget. In these regions, the sun shines intensely from the sky.
Senigallia, beaches and a historic old town
The second day begins in Senigallia. Senigallia It is located north of Ancona and impresses us with the view of the Monte Conero in the south and the rough sea, whose waves break in the morning light on the shore. Above us, a group of seagulls flies in ranks along the coast. From the glass rotunda at the urban pier, we have a view of the sea. We watch as the sun gives the roaring waves a sparkle. We discover a single hotel on the beach of Senigallia. The others are located away from the sea shore in the city.
The fortress Rocca Rovaresca
It is just a few steps from the sea to downtown Senigallia. This comes up with a historic cityscape. Not to be overlooked is the fortress Rocca Roveresca. This was never inhabited permanently. Rather, it served as a refuge for the ruling family of the city, the Della Roveres. Giovanni della Rovere commissioned the construction of the fortress. His family and he only took them in case of danger. In peacetime the Della Roveres lived in the ducal palace. Under the fortress are underground passages through which the refugees escaped. Today you can visit the fortress.
The Chiesa della Croce
Worth seeing is the Chiesa della Croce with its baroque interior. Her columns are covered with gold leaf. The church contains a number of paintings from the Baroque period. From there it is only a few steps to the town's marketplace, where daily fresh vegetables and other goods are offered. At a stand on the edge we discover a pig, which is roasted in a showcase. Here arises Porchetta, a specialty of the Marche region. For this you roast a whole pig. It smells appetizing as we approach the booth. If you want to try it, you can have a sandwich with it. Italian fast food so to speak. At the rear of the market is the portico from the 18. Century. In this fish were once sold. Today we only see the stone tables on which the market took place.
The caves of Frasassi in Marche Italy - a marvel of nature
Our next destination is the caves of Frasassi, which were first discovered 1971. In a cave, stalagmites grow upwards drop by drop. In another, a ton of stalagtite hangs from the ceiling like a sword of Damocles over our heads. That's exactly what they called him. The sword of Damocles. I do not go all the way to the fifth chamber of the cave, but turn in the third chamber and go back through the cave system alone. Here I experience for the first time a stalactite cave for me alone. The only sounds I hear on my way are the drops of water that fall from the cave ceiling above me to the rock columns in front of and below me. A ghostly splashing in the silence of the huge cave. How must the explorers have first felt that no cave lighting facilitated orientation?
Macerata - Opera enjoyment in the open-air theater, art and carriages in the Palazzo Buonaccorsi
Macerata is our last stop on our trip. On the way there we leave the gorge where the Frasassi caves are and drive through agricultural land where we see vines and olive groves again and again. Individual farms are often hidden behind ancient trees. They give us an idea of how old the cultural landscape through which our path leads is. In Macerata we park our vehicle at the Sferisterio, through whose arcades we enter another time. Inside, the building turns out to be an open-air theater with eight thousand seats. Various operas are performed on its stage in summer. We have the most beautiful view of the grounds from the balcony on the top floor. “A ticket here only costs 10 euros,” explains our city guide Eva. "You have to stand for that, but the view is worth it."
The Palazzo Buonaccorsi
The Palazzo Buonaccorsi is a few hundred meters up the hill. “When I studied here a few years ago, it was a house that was ready for demolition,” one of our hosts explains. "And look at what happened to it today!" He laughs. I have to agree with him. On the first floor there are works of art and the magnificent rooms of the palazzo, with the ballroom impressing us the most. In order to amaze the guests, it was built, explains Eva. That still works today. In the basement of the palace we visit an exhibition about carriages. We get to know the different sizes of the carriages, from comfortable travel carriages to sporty two-seaters to children's carriages drawn by goats or dogs. We experience what a carriage ride like this feels like in a dummy that seems to clatter over the bumpy cobblestone streets while the houses of the city glide past in front of the “carriage window”.
The diversity of the region Marche Italy
A good two days in the region Marche Italy we were on the way. Our hosts have shown us a country that can hardly be more versatile. Endless sandy beaches as well as hidden, sandy bays below cliffs, rough seas with views of Monte Conero, cities with palaces, fortresses and museums, hilly landscapes with vineyards and olive groves, caves whose delicate beauty lures into the depths and above all: very hospitable people, who welcomed us full of warmth. The original Italy in all its facets. Two days in Ancona and surroundings we enjoyed La Dolce Vita in Italy.
Arrival by air to Marche Italy:
The nearest airport is in Ancona.
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Here we stayed on our brand Italy trip
Source: own research on site. We would like to thank the Riviera del Conero and ConfCommercio for the friendly invitation to this blogger trip for two days in the region of Marche Italy.
Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos © Copyright Monika Fox, TravelWorldOnline
The post has been updated on 27.4.2019
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